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Pope Francis has appointed Raymond Browne as Bishop of Kerry

Pope Francis has appointed Raymond Browne as Bishop of Kerry

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Pope Francis has appointed Raymond Browne as Bishop of Kerry

Ireland's newest and youngest Catholic bishop has used his appointment to weigh into the abortion controversy.

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Denis Nulty (49), from Slane in Co Meath, as the new Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

He takes up the role left empty for more than three years as a result of the child abuse scandals that rocked the church.

In his first public address as Bishop-elect, Fr Nulty praised a demonstration at Knock Shrine in Co Mayo on Saturday against the planned laws to allow abortion in certain medical circumstances.

Citing Monsignor Brendan Byrne, who has run the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin over recent years, he said the need to respect life should “never be reduced to a choice or an arbitrary timeline”.

“Mothers deserve nothing less than the best medical and psychiatric care available, especially during pregnancy when the lives of two persons — the life of the unborn and the life of the mother — are at stake,” he added.

Bishop Nulty also reiterated a statement from the Catholic bishops last week, that “the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong”.

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